THE SMILE OF TERROR
Catherine knocked on the door but
there was no response. She pushed open the door but it was locked. She
knocked harder and finally the door
handle was moving up and down.
“You may enter” said a guy with
swollen bloodshot eyes.
She entered and her eyes swept the entire room in a glance, there was
Tom’s roommate on the bed and two
little boys at the far end with a much
older girl in the middle.
The guy who had opened for Cathy
directed her to sit. “Where are other people?” She asked
“They are all at the hospital. They
took the body to the mortuary.”
Catherine burst into tears.
No one consoled her, everyone was weeping and their eyes were red.
After sometime the guy who had
gone to call Cathy entered.
The room was dead quet.
“The letter” said Cathy
He went to the other side of the room, separated by a curtain and
came back with a Small brown
envelope with the writing ‘dear
It was Tom’s hand writing. She
quickly opened it, wiping the corner of her eye with the sleeve of her
” I know I shouldn’t have done this
but my life has become worthless.
My life has never been the same
since you ended our friendship. I live like a zombie, I was fine with you
being with another man but ending
our friendship killed my inner self. I
have lost concentration in class and
if I continued living I would simply
disappoint my family by failing. Yours best Friend Tom.I never slept
with Leah and I didn’t use her
because all the time I was with her, I
felt something strong for her. NB
don’t show this letter to anyone. Tear
it as soon as possible.” Cathy held the letter motionless. She
read it again and her vision was
becoming blurred. It was too hard to
believe it, even as she was rushing
to his room, she had hoped that his
friends were tricking her. She wailed even louder not minding
the people in other rooms
There was another knock on the door
and the guy who had opened for
Cathy walked to the door and opened
it. “Since when did you start locking the
door” complained a voice that Cathy
suspected was for Tom.
“Shhhhh keep quet and go back” said
“Why? Let me in” he said pushing his way ” oh did you bring a girl, this
Tom entered the room and was
astonished by the scene, little
children crying, everyone sobbing
with swollen eyes “What’s this, what’s happening here?”
Cathy screamed and moved to the
wall as if to escape through it.
“You you you are dead Tom” she
said pointing at him and cautioning him not to come near
Alfred was about to take a nap when
he received a call. It was from Kelvin
asking him to meet them at Safaris.
He reluctantly woke up and put on a
Jean and a short sleeved shirt. “Am not in the mood of drinking, will
just watch them” he muttered to
In Less than 30 minutes,he was with
They looked as gloomy as Kelvin had sounded on the phone.
“What’s the matter yoh” he said
trying to lighten the mood. “Don’t tell
me you were waiting for me to buy
you swallows because I haven’t come
with any cash” “Sit down man, is it that you are
happy about the news or you haven’t
heard about it at all ?” Said Kelvin
“What are you talking about” asked
The two bachelors exchanged looks and Frank whispered
“I told you he hasn’t heard about it”
“Heard about what?” asked Alfred
“”Sit first” said Kelvin. He sat down,
angry that they were taking time to
tell him “You remember yesterday” said Frank
“Yesterday what? Just say it man,
you are making me nervous.”
“Okey your friend is dead” said Kelvin
“Which friend? You are both here and
well” he said “Isabelle” said Frank “It turns out
that the call was genuine. She was
trying to abort and she lost her life in
Alfred’s face went cold. He couldn’t
feel his face anymore, it was as if it had turned into ice. It had become
stony and he could feel the wind
blow hard against it , making it even
He looked at the two men and they
looked sad. He knew they weren’t lying.
“It’s my fault,i should have helped”
he said with great regret
“I don’t think it’s your fault, I doubt if
you were even going to find her
because they had gone to some place away from town” said Frank
“Tom how are you here, did you plan
all this, to make a fool of me?” Said
“What are you talking about, I don’t
know anything about what’s going on here, that’s why I need an
explanation.” he said.
The two roommates calmed them and
explained to them why they had
decided to do such a thing.
“Tom you are dead” said the first guy “No am not” he answered
“Yes you are. You are very dead,
actually you ve been dead for
Tom and Cathy couldn’t understand
until he explained about how Tom’s performance was going down in tests
and assignments just because Cathy
had ended their friendship.
For sometime he was getting very
low grades and on several occasions
his lecturers had called him to ask what was affecting his studies but he
lied about it and said it was some
Cathy was very surprised to know
that the end of their friendship had
affected her friend in that way. So the guys wanted to know if Cathy
still cared about Tom, hence they put
their plan into action when Tom
decided to go home for a night.
They had hired the street kids to
come to mourn so that it could be very convincing to Cathy, and forged
Tom’s handwriting to write Cathy a
Tom felt embarrassed to admit that
his school work was declining but he
didn’t try to deny it. Cathy rose from where she had sat
and hugged Tom.
She apologised for not believing him
and for taking Leah’s word over his.
“How about a movie at 7 pm” she
asked “”It’s great” he answered.
She thanked his roommates for
reviving their friendship and Tom’s
smile said all the words .
The two guys remained laughing at
their skill. They paid the children and let them go.
” It had to take you my death to know
how valuable our friendship is” said
Tom and Cathy gigled.
Throughout the afternoon Alfred was
thinking about Isabelle and how she had died. What a poor finishing.
He recalled the last time he had seen
her, she looked pale and old. Poor
Isabelle,killed by his pregnancy and
not rescuing her.
“Maybe I could have saved her life if I had listened to what Lucy was
The night was the worst nightmare,
Isabelle appeared in his dreams,
carrying the baby and covered in
blood. He woke up with heavy drops of
He slept again and this time Isabelle
came with a knife to kill him, she cut
his throat and as he shouted, he
woke up in scream. He decided to remain awake till dawn
but he fell asleep again. She
appeared and her body colour was
bloody red and her eyes were
burning with hatred and she was
approaching him, to consume him. When he finally woke up and it was
dawn, it was a relief. He knew it was
only his fearful mind that was playing
with him since he convicted himself
of the crime of killing her.
He looked at the clock, he had woken a bit late ,he rushed to brush his
teeth and have a cold shower,
dressed up and stepped out of the
Only to find Jane with her mother
and two uncles. He greeted then and they asked if they could talk to him.
He invited them in.
“Am sorry but I explained everything
to mum, how it happened. She said
it’s either I was lying or that you
deliberately got me drunk. She called my uncles and forced me to come .
It’s qeuet embarassing” said Jane
Alfred was beginning to forget about
Jane,his days had been quet
Her uncles started talking about how he had to marry her before she gave
birth,so that people would not mock
They said if he wanted to avoid going
to jail he should heed their words.
They told him that they wanted to meet his parents and discuss the
Alfred could not believe it. How was
he going to enjoy marriage with a
woman whom he didn’t love?
He told them that he would pay the damage but not marry her but they
said he should have thought about
the consequences before engaging in
He tried to convince them and when
he realised that he was running out of time, he told them that he would
think about it and call them.
Jane seemed not to be on any side,
she didn’t seem to dispute the idea
of getting married and she didn’t
seem to support it, she was just getting her mother to stop talking so
It was a day ruined for him.
He had anonymously contributed
some money for Isabelle’s burial but
did not attend it. The friendship of Tom and Cathy
became very strong as if to
compensate for the time they were
not talking to each other.
Alfred had tried to convince Jane to
persuade her family not force them to get married.
She said it would be hard but that
she would try because she was an
adult and so they couldn’t just start
making plans for her
“What happened to you is beyond your doing, if your parents want you
to marry him, go ahead. Forget about
what Cathy will say or do. That has
been your worry all through. To me it
looks like you like the guy and Cathy
is the only obstacle. Otherwise you wouldn’t be carrying his child. You
marrying him is the same as you
having a child for him. So you think
Cathy will rejoice when she finds out
that you have a child for her
boyfriend?” Said Jane’s workmate. Two months passed without a word
from Jane’s relatives and Alfred
hoped that they had come back to
their senses and seen that forcing
people to get married is not the best
solution. However Jane’s pregnancy had become evident and a few
people were whispering about it,
wondering who the father was,since
she had quete a chain of exes.
Cathy was coming back home and
her mother had waited anxiously for her return. The whole week she was
emphasising to her on how much
she loved her and how much she
would sacrifice everything for her.
Wait for the next chapter and learn
the horror behind Melody’s death. .
To Be Continued